Global Voices online

A longtime foreign correspondent who took a buyout a few years ago told me that when he visited the newsroom recently, the old globe that pinpointed the Post’s foreign bureaus was gone – it would have looked too embarrassing. (Todd Gitlin, openDemocracy)

What better way to follow up on yesterdays post on the crises of the established media houses, than to point to one of its most promising supplements or even substitutes: citizen journalism from the Global South substituting the vanishing foreign correspondents – Global Voices Online. While the continued cut-backs in forreign correspondents on all major newspapers and networks remains a troublesome fact, citizen journalism spawned by new social media in the form of the Global Voices is one of the most promising projects to arrive in the battle over what shape the new developing publics and media formats will take in the years to come. 

There’s still a long way to go before ‘small’ projects (in terms of funding, staffing, outreach and audience) like Global Voices will have an impact in itself without the all-important coverage by traditional media. Nevertheless, Global Voices is indeed already a truly amazing creation in itself today: it gathers bloggers from all over the world – and primarily outside Europe and North America – translates, curates, trains and inspires – and creates an outstanding global citizens-dialogue on a very broad number of issues.

At the Global Change-course this autumn we will have a first run on a new collaboration with 20 leading editors and bloggers from the outstanding Global Voices-network, in which the Global Voices bloggers will act as mentors to our students and thereby directly train them in becoming skilled and experienced bloggers themselves.